The Scottish National Party conference begins today but its MPs are under fire for spending more than £230,000 of public money tabling Early Day Motions (EDM) in parliament.
The EDM is a way MPs can raise topics for debate in the Commons. In reality these topics are very rarely discussed, leading to justified accusations that EDMs are nothing more than vanity projects.
Each EDM costs an eye-watering £271 to publish.
— The SNP (@theSNP) October 12, 2016
Topics raised in EDMs tabled by the SNP in recent months include noting the 50th anniversary of the first episode of Star Trek and welcoming the unveiling of a Christmas Tree in Glasgow.
Immune to criticism, Heat Street finds SNP politicians are carrying on regardless.
Today, an SNP MP called Corri Wilson has tabled a total of four EDMs – each one congratulating a different group in Scotland for having been awarded thousands of pounds of lottery money.
This will have cost almost £1,100 of public money.
Wouldn’t four tweets have been sufficient?
Wilson, a 51-year-old former councillor, has now put her name to 159 EDMs over a 17-month period.
The estimated total cost to taxpayers of this EDM addiction is £43,089.
By coincidence it’s also been pointed out today that Scotland now has a deficit higher than Greece and twice the rate of the UK as a whole. If Scotland were an independent country it would be the poorest in Europe. The collapsed oil price and Scotland’s refusal to implement spending cuts mean Scotland is solvent only because it is propped up by English taxpayers.
There is a link there, somewhere.